Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science

Recommended Apple (Mac) Systems


SCS Computing Facilities (SCSCF) has updated, supported configurations of Apple Mac systems that address the common use cases within the SCS community. Configurations are structured as standard productivity, performance and enhanced performance baseline recommendations.

Please note that these are general configurations to meet average use cases.  Please consider any special requirements in terms of CPU performance, storage capacity or memory requirements of specialized software or intended use. Some flexibility is possible regarding memory and storage in our configurations.


Please ensure your requested configuration considers your usage, storage and performance requirements as many computers now have permanent, soldered-in memory, storage and/or CPU components and it may not be possible to upgrade. 

If you are ready to order this equipment, proceed to our online purchasing application.

If you have questions regarding configuration and specs, we are happy to provide consulting. Please request consulting and let us know what questions or concerns you have regarding your selected computer.

Apple Laptops 

SCS Computing Facilities highly encourages adding the 3 year AppleCare protection plan be included with any computer purchase. Estimated price includes AppleCare. See our warranty considerations for more information. 

15" MacBook Pro Specifications

13" MacBook Pro Specifications

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  • 2.6GHz 8th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.3GHz
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory (permanent soldered on-board, up to 32GB max)  
  • 512GB SSD Storage (permanent soldered on-board, up to 4TB max)
  • Radeon Pro 560X Graphics with 4GB GDDR5 memory
  • Retina Display with True Tone
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports (USB-C Type)
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Up to 10 hours (approximate battery life)
  • 4.02 lbs. (approximate weight)
  • 2.3GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory (permanent soldered on-board, max)
  • 512GB SSD Storage (permanent soldered on-board, up to 2TB max)
  • Intel Iris Plus 650 Graphics
  • Retina display with True Tone
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports (USB-C Type)
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Up to 10 hours (approximate battery life)
  • 3.02 lbs. (approximate weight)
Accessory recommendations available Accessory recommendations available
Memory Upgradeable? Yes, 32GB max (option at order)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 4TB max (option at order)
Memory Upgradeable? No (at max)
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 2TB max (option at order)
Estimated Price: Under $2,700.00
*As Configured
Estimated Price: Under 2,200.00
*As Configured

 

 

Apple Desktops

SCS Computing Facilities highly encourages adding the 3 year AppleCare protection plan be included with any computer purchase. Estimated price includes AppleCare. See our warranty considerations for more information.

 

27" iMac (5K Retina) Specifications

21.5" iMac (4K Retina) Specifications

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  • 3.8GHz 7th Gen Quad-core Intel® Core i7
  • Turbo Boost up to 4.2GHz
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory (64GB max)
  • 2TB Fusion Drive Storage (up to 3TB Fusion Drive or 2TB SSD)
  • Radeon Pro 580 Graphics with 8GB memory
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Retina 5K 5120x2880 P3 Display 
  • 3.4GHz 7th Gen Dual-core Intel® Core i5
  • Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
  • 16GB 2400MHz DDR4 Memory (32GB max)
  • 1TB Fusion Drive Storage (up to 1TB SSD)
  • Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB Video Memory
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Ports
  • Retina 4K 4096x2304 P3 Display
Accessory recommendations available

 Accessory recommendations available

Memory Upgradeable? Yes, 64GB
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 3TB Fusion Drive or 2TB SSD

Memory Upgradeable? Yes, 32GB
Storage Upgradeable? Yes, 1TB SSD

Estimated Price: Under $2,500.00
*As Configured
Estimated Price: Under $1,800.00
*As Configured

 

Warranty Considerations

SCS Computing Facilities desktop computing technical staff are vendor certified to make hardware repairs on Apple, Dell and Lenovo equipment. This allows us to order parts for advance replacement and perform repairs on site.

We highly encourage that all equipment be purchased with 3 years of AppleCare+ coverage.

Coverage includes the following:

  • Your Mac computer
  • Battery (1)
  • Included accessories such as the power adapter
  • Apple memory (RAM)
  • AirPort (4)
  • Apple USB SuperDrive
  • Coverage for up to two incidents of accidental damage, each subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax (1)

The fine print:

Service coverage is available only for Mac and its original included accessories for protection against (i) defects in materials or workmanship, (ii) batteries that retain less than 80 percent of their original capacity, and (iii) up to two incidents of accidental damage from handling of your Mac, each incident being subject to a service fee of $99 for screen damage or external enclosure damage, or $299 for other damage, plus applicable tax. If your Mac has catastrophic damage from an accident or it's inoperable after unauthorized modifications, you will need to buy a replacement.

Without AppleCare+, you may be responsible for the cost of the repair for these items regardless of warranty. For more information on AppleCare+, visit Apple's website.